When installing a Windows 11 or Windows 10 Update, if you receive an error code 0x80240035, then this post will help you resolve the problem. It is interesting to note that that the error also points to “WU_E_UPDATE_NOT_PROCESSED,” which means Windows 11/10 OS is not able to process or install the update. Here is the complete error message:
There were some problems installing updates, but we’ll try again later, Error 0x80240035
Windows Update Error 0x80240035
The good news is that this error is not something that cannot be resolved. Errors related to processing are usually processing or corruption issues. Follow these to fix the problem.
- Run the Network Troubleshooter
- Clear Windows Update cache folders
- Turn off Security Programs
- Download and Install the update manually.
Make sure to retry to download again after each troubleshooting step.
1] Run the Network Troubleshooter
When there is a continuous network issue, the download files get corrupted. While the OS may think that it is downloaded, and hence try to install it, but multiple failures with the same error code point to corruption.
- Open Windows Settings ( Win + I)
- Navigate to Update & Security > Troubleshoot
- Locate Network Adapter, click on it, and then click on Run the troubleshooter button
Once the wizard completes the process, it will resolve all network-related issues on the PC and remove anything which might be blocking the download.
Do note if the problem is from your ISP, it has to be resolved from their end.
2] Clear Windows Update cache folders
Windows download all the updates into the Software Distribution folder. The good idea is to delete everything inside the SoftwareDistribution folder and try downloading Windows updates. You can empty the folder only if you have admin privileges, and not without it. The folder is located at the following path
3] Turn off Security Programs
It happens rarely, but at times Security programs are known to block Windows Update downloads when not configured properly.
So if you have any Security and Antivirus programs, you can try to disable them temporarily and retry the download.
4] Download and Install the update manually
Most of the smaller updates are available to download offline. If you know which update the Windows Update is trying to download, you can download it and install it manually. It is even easier to find if the update has failed, as it is mentioned in the update history.
Locate the KB number, and download it from Microsoft. Here is the full process of downloading Windows Updates manually.
How do I fix Windows Update initializing?
You will need to restart the Windows update service, run SFC and DISM, delete the content of the SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 folder. Then restart the PC, and it will help you resolve the Windows Update Initialize error.
Does Windows have a repair tool?
Yes, Windows offers a Windows Update troubleshooting tool that is available under System > Troubleshoot > Other troubleshooters. Locate Windows Update, and then click on the Run button to start the troubleshooting.
How do you check if Windows is corrupted?
You will need to run the command
SFC /scannow on an elevated Command Prompt or Windows Terminal. If there is a corrupt, it will be fixed by the System File Checker tool. You can also use the DISM tool to fix the system image.
I hope the post was easy to follow, and you were able to download the update and fix Windows Update Error 0x80240035.